Yemen

Syria, Yemen And How Double Standards Block The Path to Peace

Alistair Burnett | Posted 26.09.2016 | UK
Alistair Burnett

As the siege of Syria's second city Aleppo intensifies again and the Saudi campaign in Yemen grinds on, there is an urgent need for the main powers to get back round the table and at least agree to stop fuelling the conflicts. But this week has shown that prospect seems remote.

It Is Time For Some Moral Outrage

Robin Lustig | Posted 23.09.2016 | UK
Robin Lustig

Sometimes even a greybeard old hack like me is sickened by the obscenity of the world in which we live. Sickened by the obscenity of Western governments selling arms to warring parties and then building walls to keep out the desperate families fleeing from their bombs. Sickened by the weasel words of governments that pledge to help those same desperate families when they have no intention of fulfilling their pledges.

The Waugh Zone September 8, 2016

The Huffington Post | Paul Waugh | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Thursday September 8, 2016… 1) THERE’S NO ONE QUITE LIKE GRAMMAR Theresa May spent most of yesterday s...

500 Days of UK Complicity in the Destruction of Yemen

Andrew Smith | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK
Andrew Smith

Last Sunday marked 500 days since Saudi Arabian forces intervened in the Yemeni civil war. In that time, Saudi air strikes have killed thousands of people, destroyed vital infrastructure and unleashed a humanitarian crisis on the civilian population.

Yemen Is Becoming a Land of Bombed Schools, Road Blocks and Child Soldiers

Mark Goldring | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Mark Goldring

Even before the current war, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East. Chronic poverty has been aggravated by conflict, weather and long-term instability. More than ten million people have insufficient food and two million have been displaced within the country. Bombing and fighting continues in many places and there are few aid agencies on the ground with too little money. Too many of those that are there have been holed up in the capital.

We Need to Talk About Yemen

Diana Johnson | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Diana Johnson

It's been over a year since the start of the recent conflict in Yemen, and life for children and their families is increasingly unbearable. In March last year, the Saudi-led Coalition launched a military operation in support of the Government of Yemen against Houthi opposition forces who had overthrown President Hadi. Since then, the humanitarian situation has rapidly deteriorated with over 80% of the country now in need of assistance and millions without access to vital healthcare, food, water and fuel.

It's Time to Recalibrate Our Foreign Policy

Tom Brake | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Politics
Tom Brake

The world faces a level of instability not seen since the Cold War. To avoid further escalation of conflict and insecurity, and to ensure our country does not lose its standing in the world, we need to put human rights and the observance of international law centre stage again. The Liberal Democrats intend being one of the main actors in this revival.

Meet the People on the Frontline

Mike Adamson | Posted 25.05.2016 | UK
Mike Adamson

The first-ever World Humanitarian Summit was held this week. It brought together charities, international organisations and world leaders from 175 cou...

Britain Has Been Instrumental in the Yemen Humanitarian Effort - But Questions Must Be Asked of Arms Transfers to Saudi Arabia

Stephen Twigg | Posted 04.05.2016 | UK Politics
Stephen Twigg

The International Development Committee is encouraged by DFID's focus on the long term development of Yemen and the department's support for UN efforts to facilitate peace talks. We urge the Government to apply pressure on all parties to the conflict so we can see progress in the peace talks and particularly to ensure that the accompanying ceasefire is adhered to by all sides.

A Shameful Silence

Luke Boddam-Whetham | Posted 21.04.2016 | UK
Luke Boddam-Whetham

In 2012/13 I had the good fortune to travel to Yemen, that beautiful country at the tip of the Arabian Peninsula. I was working with a local organisat...

After One Year of Conflict, Yemen Is Facing a Humanitarian Catastrophe

Hilary Benn | Posted 24.03.2016 | UK Politics
Hilary Benn

Over 19 million Yemenis now lack access to safe drinking water or sanitation. 14 million are food insecure, over half severely so, and more than 500,000 children are severely malnourished. In the face of this, combatants on both sides have obstructed the delivery of urgently needed humanitarian aid.

Britain's Role in Yemen's Civil War Is Largely Ignored  - and it's Devastating the Nation

Ali Reza Naraghi | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Ali Reza Naraghi

World attention on the conflict in the Middle East is primarily focused on Syria and Iraq, and much less so on the catastrophe in Yemen, which has cost the lives of thousands of people and forced millions to flee their homes. The Saudi monarchy, with Britain's open support, has been waging war on Yemen for a year, and yet few Britons know anything about it.

Yemen: A Nation of Children the Hashtags Forgot

Fiona Bruce | Posted 14.02.2016 | UK Politics
Fiona Bruce

A lack of profile sadly does not mean a lack of problems and as the war trundles on, attempts to distribute aid are severely hampered by fighting, damaged ports, closed airports, blocked humanitarian corridors and a country-wide lack of fuel. The figures speak for themselves and behind every one of these statistics is a human tragedy.

Arming Saudi Arabia: Philip Hammond at the Controls

Neil Durkin | Posted 28.01.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Maybe we shouldn't fret. As with the old reggae producers (King Tubby et al), we've apparently got our top people in the control room when it comes to the Saudi-Yemen onslaught (Philip Hammond, you might say, is "at the controls"). No, let's stop worrying and learn to love the bombing campaign in Yemen. Now repeat after me, "We have some of the most stringent export controls ...".

Millions of Children in Yemen Are Trapped in a War They Cannot Escape

Julien Harneis | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK
Julien Harneis

What can be done to protect the children in Yemen? The warring parties and those advising them, including the United Kingdom, must work to ensure that civilians are neither killed nor injured, and that schools and hospitals are not bombed.

Why Campaigners Are Threatening Legal Action to Stop UK Arms Exports to Saudi

Andrew Smith | Posted 22.01.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Countries like Saudi Arabia aren't just buying UK arms, they are also buying political support and very often silence about the human rights abuses they preside over. Changing this will take more than the cancellation of a few licences. It will need a complete overhaul of government foreign policy and an end to the hypocrisy at the heart of it.

On the Precipice of Disaster

Michael Van Koesveld | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK
Michael Van Koesveld

Since the conflict escalated in March last year, 30 civilians are made casualties of war every day in Yemen. Houses and hospitals are bombed, whole civilian areas cut-off and under siege, and people are fleeing for their lives on a daily basis. After nine months of fighting, the country is sinking into a disaster of immense proportions and deeply tragic consequences.

It's Time to Support Legal Action to Stop Arming Saudi Arabia

James Crawley | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Politics
James Crawley

As UK citizens it's important we stand in solidarity with CAAT's legal action, lending our signatures to their online petition, and lobbying our MPs to take a stand in the commons. It is clear, now more than ever, that the UK has to review this destructive trade relationship. It's time for the UK to #StopArmingSaudi.

#WhatWouldYouDo?

Simon O'Connell | Posted 16.12.2015 | UK
Simon O'Connell

For decades, Mercy Corps has worked with refugee and displaced populations, we know that building walls does not work. Europe's Schengen Agreement must remain in place and we must avoid the simplistic pretence that fences can be placed at our borders to preserve our economic well-being and security.

Overlooked By the Outside World, Conflict in Yemen Continues Unabated

David Jones | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Politics
David Jones

In the space of just eight months since the latest conflict broke out in late March, the numbers in need of humanitarian assistance have risen to over 80% of the population: a staggering 21.2million people, including almost 10million children. Over 1,500 children have been killed and injured as a result of the war... It is increasingly urgent that everything possible be done to halt the catastrophic loss of life.

Philip Hammond: I Want Us To Sell More Weapons To Saudi Arabia

The Huffington Post UK | Owen Bennett | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Politics

Philip Hammond wants more UK trade with Saudi Arabia, despite calling for a “proper investigation” into claims of breaches of international humani...

Saudi Arabia: Going Rogue

Alistair Burnett | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Politics
Alistair Burnett

We haven't heard much about rogue states since George W Bush's tenure in the White House ended, but maybe the term should be revived and applied to one of America's closest allies - Saudi Arabia.

Whilst Europe Focusses on Syria's Mass Migration, A Larger Crisis Is Growing in Yemen

Christopher J Stewart | Posted 01.11.2015 | UK Politics
Christopher J Stewart

Without a greater effort from Western and European policymakers to consider the impact of Saudis' bombing campaign, millions of refugees will soon be fleeing famine, water shortages and war, and joining the millions of refugees from Syria risking everything to reach the borders of Europe. If the West is unable to see Yemen as more than just a threat to their security, discussions on how to support it will go hand-in-hand with how best to bomb it.

UK Turns Back on UN Protection of Civilians

Thomas Nash | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK
Thomas Nash

The UK is set to break with a 15-year tradition by refusing to hold an open debate on the protection of civilians during its presidency of the UN Secu...

If Jeremy Corbyn is Offending the Saudi Regime Then he's Doing Something Right

Andrew Smith | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK Politics
Andrew Smith

Corbyn should take the Ambassador's comments as a badge of honour and a sign that he's doing the right thing. However, it will take the words and actions of people from across all parties and wider society if the UK is to finally change its policy and end its support for the oppressive and authoritarian House of Saud.